ARM: Review - Trumpeter 1/35 scale Soviet Soldier - SCUD B Crew

Kit Review: Trumpeter 1/35 scale Kit No. 00434; Soviet Soldier - SCUD B Cre
w; 175 parts (97 in grey styrene, 59 etched brass, 12 soft tan vinyl, 6 in
brown styrene, 1 length of black vinyl tubing); retail price US$49.95
Advantages: complete crew for any SCUD B kit; specific accessories for both
the 9P117M1 and 2P19 versions of the SCUD B
Disadvantages: cabling diagrams rather sketch and do not show missile conne
ctions; no rank shown on any of the figures!
Rating: Recommended (Highly Recommended IF you have additional sources)
Recommendation: for any modeler doing any variant of the SCUD B missile sys
Dragon Models Limited released its first big kit of the SCUD B in 1992 but
for more than 20 years it was the only one out there. In 2014 both Meng an
d Trumpeter announced new SCUD B kits (Trumpeter was first on the street) a
nd in 2015 Trumpeter followed that kit with the 2P19 tracked version on an
IS/T-10 chassis. But both kits were missing a number of details as well as
coming with only a training warhead coupled to the missile.
At the end of 2015 Trumpeter announced a kit for the crew of the SCUD B (s
even figures) which seemed expensive, but when the kit showed up it actuall
y including not only the crew as promised but upgrade/detailing sets for th
e SCUD B missile itself and also for the MAZ-543 launcher vehicle. This alo
ne makes the kit a worthwhile investment.
The kit provides seven figures and six AK rifles (four regular, two foldin
g stock) and a number of other items. These items are primarily designed fo
r the missile and the 9P117M1 launcher but the missile items will all fit p
erfectly on the missile with the 2P19 as well.
Among the items included are a fret of etched brass that provides a wealth
of small details not found in either original kit. These include access pa
nels for the missile airframe and details for the rear of the launcher to i
nclude MAZ taillight shrouds (F25, F26 with two PE-6/PE-9) and a shroud for
the erection control box (H226 with PE-12).
They also provide the clamps which hold the cables in groups of two or thr
ee with both their fittings (PE-14) and the clamps themselves (PE-11, PE-5)
. These are designed to fit on bus fittings for the cables (W4) with small
pips to cement the cables to them (W1). While this is well and good, Trumpe
ter does NOT show you where they mount or where the cables attach to the mi
ssile! There are diagrams available on the Internet and Facebook so some se
arching is in order to find out how to attach them.
The set also includes two new warheads. The kit comes with an 8K14UT warhe
ad which is a ballasted weight dummy for practice, so now the new kit offer
s the early 9N33 warhead or the more common 8K14 warhead. To be precise, ne
ither one is actually a warhead but a bus vehicle to carry a specific physi
cs package providing a specific nuclear yield. The 9N33 was the first warhe
ad and had packages for 5, 10 or 30 kilotons; the 8K14 was used with a vari
ety of yields and two generations of physics packages that included 10, 100
, 200, 300 and 500 kiloton yields. There were dummy 8K14 warheads used for
training so you can fit the 8K14 one (W5/W6) to the missile; different numb
ers and colors of stripes were used to differentiate simulated yields with
one or two white bands and one red band being noted in training sessions. T
he tip was usually white or light tan (the leading cone section).
The kit also includes soft vinyl parts for the winterization kit for the M
AZ-543 vehicle but only shows a thumbnail sketch of where they go on the bo
x top. These consist of the grill mask (Z H1) with open (Z H1/H5) or closed
(Z H3/H4) panels. Parts Z J1, J2, and J3 are for the grill on the battery
box section of the bins behind the driver's cab and serve the same function
s. I think parts Z J4-J7 are for the door windows in the launch and status
cabins amidships with Z J4 and Z J7 being open and Z J5 and Z J6 being down
and closed.
The kit provides seven nicely done figures but then does not show any of t
hem with their rank! A SCUD B (tracked or wheeled) had a crew of seven: com
mander, technical expert, fire control expert, driver, gunner, and two enli
sted men to carry out the operations (the famous British term "other number
s" applies here). The commander was usually a lieutenant or senior lieutena
nt; the technicians were warrant officers (praporshchiki); the driver and g
unner were sergeants; and the enlisted just that. As they were all part of
the Missile and Artillery Troops (RAV in Russian) they wore black shoulder
straps piped in red with crossed cannon on them. The lieutenant had two gol
d stripes with two or three small stars on them, the warrant officers cross
hatched gold and black with one or two stars, the sergeants one broad or th
ree narrow yellow transverse stripes, and the enlisted bare shoulder boards
. In later years they would also sport the RAV branch patch on their left s
leeve. Based on their somewhat static positions you could probably pick any
of them and assign a rank to him (nobody stands out as either leader or fo
llower in this set!)
Two small decal sheets are included to provide a single black stripe for t
he warhead and also all of the lifting and handling markings for those warh
Overall this is a great set to complete your SCUD launcher and if you have
an Ural-4320 you could convert with a crane into a 9T31, you could show th
e launcher with one of the more common (and hated) drills - changing out wa
rheads! The ICM Zil-131 is also a perfect choice for a command vehicle. But
while this is a great kit the lack of proper directions and diagrams eithe
r forces the model to ignore its best parts or search for far more detailed
information elsewhere.
Cookie Sewell
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